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RFC Supporters Respond to the Rosenberg Archive and Greenglass' Death

Submitted by jenn on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:25

I received fascinating feedback from supporters across the country and around the world in response to my last blog post about attending the opening of the Rosenberg Archive at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and my dad and uncle’s reaction to David Greenglass’ death (available here).

While some of the comments were posted on the blog and can be read (along with the original post) here, many of them were sent to me personally. I was moved by the diverse response and wanted to share some of it with you:

“What a gift those letters are, to you and your family and to us all!  I wish we lived closer so we could see the exhibit.  Wonderful photo, too! I was also grateful to read your father and uncle’s statement about David Greenglass’ death… I wish we were able to make donations to the Rosenberg Fund that came even close to matching the number of people we’ve sent your way over the years!  With continued gratitude for RFC’s important work.” From a supporter in AZ who has referred numerous anti-war activist families to us over the years

“My thoughts and my heart has been with you as I read the Greenglass news in the International NY Times and in the Guardian.” From a donor in London

“The evening of the murder by legal means, I was on a Hudson Cruise ship. By sheer coincidence, we passed Sing Sing just as the killing was taking place. I was the only one of my high school chorus whose outing it was to realize the depths to which this country had sunk. As I stood by the stern crying, my classmates were calling me a communist. Alas, we have not improved much as witness the case of Chelsea Manning.” From a support in the Pacific Northwest

Another supporter shared a play about my grandparents that she co-wrote and staged in the late 1970s. She recently made the script available on her blog. Her description of why the play still matters today could serve as the explanation for why we have a Rosenberg Fund for Children more than 60 years after my grandparents’ executions:

“Why offer it again after all these years?  It has become shockingly clear that their story is more relevant than ever.  Bradley (Chelsea) Manning is being punished after blowing the whistle on crimes being committed by the government.  Julian Assange faces the draconian attempt by the U.S. to extradite him to the U.S. to face sedition and treason allegations.  The same lies and techniques used to kill the Rosenbergs are still operating in plain sight.  The fight for truth and transparency in government today cannot ignore the lessons of the past.  The legacy of the Rosenbergs, told in their own words, needs to be heard today if we are going to move forward towards a more democratic world.”


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